Dirt work begins at new Carpenter site

Dirt work begins at new Carpenter site
Posted on 02/28/2020
Dirt work begins at new Carpenter site

Bulldozers and earthmovers are on location along SE Stallings Drive where the new Emeline Carpenter Elementary will be constructed.

On Tuesday, the construction team briefed members of the Citizen Bond Review Committee, or CBRC, on progress made so far on projects being funded by the 2018 bond proposal.

Architects from PBK, the firm responsible for designing the new Carpenter school as well as other projects that are part of the bond proposal, were on hand Tuesday. CBRC members also heard from Army Curtis, the Nacogdoches architect responsible for planning the expansion of the transportation center and renovation of the former Burke facility that is being converted for use as an administration building.

At the future Carpenter location, CBRC members were told, following delays related to acquiring land and providing the necessary construction documents for approval with the city, work is underway on site preparation. For now, Tyler-based construction manager WRL General Contractors will be conducting dirt work until all civil drawings have been approved and permits secured from City of Nacogdoches.

The delays have pushed back the expected substantial completion date to August 2021 for the new Carpenter Elementary.

The dirt-work phase of the project will require extensive preparation before any work is performed, said Rick Blan, an architect with PBK. “It’s like building a city underground.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, CBRC members heard updates on the new Malcolm Rector Center that will be built at Nacogdoches High School. Plans for the career and technology facility were presented to CBRC members; the committee also saw the latest drawings for the planned expansion of McMichael Middle School.

One of the major projects funded by the bond – expansion and renovation of the district’s transportation center – is well underway. The new foundation is complete, and crews are beginning to frame up and enclose the larger garage area. Support beams are also in place for the diesel and gasoline storage tanks being installed. Expansion of the garage area at the transportation center will allow for six buses to be fully inside the facility at one time.

Substantial completion of the transportation center is expected in June, committee members were told.

Construction documents are in the final stages of completion for the District Support Center, NISD’s administration building, and will go out for bid next month. Curtis, the architect on the project, said pricing should be presented to the NISD Board of Trustees at its April meeting.

A number of priority maintenance projects were also funded by the 2018 bond. Next month, while NISD students and staff are on spring break, asbestos abatement at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary will take place ahead of the planned replacement of the building’s HVAC system that will take place this summer.

Other priority maintenance projects funded by the fund and already completed include:

• Replacement of HVAC units for classrooms at Mike Moses Middle School.

• Replacement of all HVAC units and water supply manifold at Raguet Elementary.

• Installation of new sound and lighting systems in the auditorium at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary and replumbing of kitchen and main water lines into the building.

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